ARTISTS, POETS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS AND GEMOLOGISTS.....THIS HOUSE IS FOR YOU!
Built during the 1860's, our house has been lovingly restored with natural local materials such as canterra stone, brick and concrete floors, historic white-wash recipes and some original exposed plaster walls. Covering 2,000 square feet with 14 foot saguaro ribbed ceilings and 2 foot thick adobe walls, this adobe defines 19th century Tucson architecture at its finest.
The dining room is set off the kitchen and is a great place to enjoy your meals, entertain and hang out. There is a spinet piano in this room too.
The cozy "art room" has paintings and photographs from all over the world and stylistically covers [or uncovers] everything from nudes, portraiture, contemporary to classical. An eclectic mix of old and new. There is also a TV in this room.
The spacious piano room houses a 1920 Emerson baby grand piano and a big desk/table that can be used for reading, creating artwork or computering around.
WiFi covers the house.
The two bedrooms have queen beds and one is surrounded with 12 foot bookcases with hundreds of volumes ranging from fiction, non-fiction, art, travel, language...well, you name it.
Arrangements can be made if there are more than 4 guests. There is a daybed for one extra guest. Extra guests are $35 per guest, per night.
There is only one bathroom in the house but is large...and unique. The beach pebble floor shower is a real standout. Outside the bathroom there is an outdoor shower plus a plumbed, claw-foot bathtub out by the chicken coop. [theoretically three people could be bathing at the same time]
BTW, the chickens are part of the deal! [We currently have 7 hens and they lay beautiful blue, brown and white eggs] There are fewer finer things in life than going out to the coop and cooking up some fresh eggs in the morning.
We have canaries, goldfish in the fountain and a sulcata tortoise named Flora who roams the yard.
The kitchen has french doors that go out to a raised garden which, depending on the time of year and our input, is flowery, vegetably or fallow. The kitchen is equipped with a fine group of cast iron pans, a commercial stove and the usual gadgetry. There is also a basic fire pit in the yard, a perfect spot to hang out at night under the chinaberry trees and stars with a glass of wine.
The house was built to the street and appears unassuming; this maximizes the courtyard and yard in back. Back doors open to the private yard, garden, patio, fire pit, outdoor shower and chicken coop. It's hard to believe this is inner city.
It's a great natural escape yet close enough to walk downtown, the Convention Center, the Temple of Music and Art and numerous restaurants...El Minuto (Mexican), 5 Points, Casa Vincente (Spanish), Cushing Street Bar & Grill and Desta (Ethiopian) are all easy walks from the house.
Gem Show guests, this house is 2 blocks from the Convention Center and an easy walk to the I-10 showrooms!
There is off street parking for one vehicle, two if compact.
Dogs with interview.
This house was has been featured in the World of Interiors, Tucson Lifestyle, HGTV's Renovation Generation and has been in the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundations' walking tour.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICING VARIES ACCORDING TO SEASON...$200 IS THE LOWEST SUMMER RATE. PLEASE SEE CALENDAR FOR DAILY SEASONAL RATES.
Interaction with Guests
At check in we give the guests a tour of the place along with a crash course in chicken care...so easy!
Our neighborhood is one of the oldest barrios in the U.S. Its authentic and beautiful adobe architecture places it on the National Historic Register. It is a place that can feel rural and yet we are just a few blocks from downtown.
There is bus transit one block away and Uber is always hovering nearby.
We LOVED this place. While it may not be perfect for everyone, if you appreciate history, art, and permaculture this space is the best. The house is full of creative energy, but at the same time welcoming, relaxing, and calm. The location is vibrant and accessible. The hosts were extremely helpful without being overbearing. We will definitely want to stay again.
FANTASTIC experience! Gary could not have been more accommodating or welcoming. We were in touch via texts and email before our trip, and were met at the house with a tour to get us acclimated. In addition to a booklet filled with interesting historical info and details about the house, Gary left us a personal note giving us added ideas about ways to enjoy the house and things to do in Tucson. MOST IMPORTANTLY....this house looks great in the photos, but WAY exceeded our expectations! It is spacious, charming, comfy, cozy, unusual, artistic, and eclectic down to every last detail. We loved sleeping there, waking up there, cooking there, getting fresh eggs from the chicken coop every morning, eating on the charming patio, laying in the hammock, showering in the open air bathroom shower, looking around at the wonderful collectables and art...and basically, didn't want to leave!! Can't wait to return and will highly recommend. Treat yourself and stay at Gary and Darren's house! Thx, guys!
Great downtown location. Eclectic decor and historic vibe. Loved the chickens, birds and Flora the tortoise. Enjoyed the outdoor bath tub and wild arugula in the backyard. We will be back. Thanks for the hospitality.
Gary gave us a great tour of the house. He obviously has put a lot of work into the place and we really enjoyed the unique features, especially the book collection, the artwork, the chickens and the tortoise. We really liked the location. The house is located within easy walking distance to restaurants and the Children's Museum. Gary was extremely flexible and went way out of his way to help us when our travel plans changed unexpectedly. We would highly recommend this property.
We had a great stay. The host was very accommodating, easy to work with and made us feel very welcome. It was a real treat to get to stay in this very special historical home. The house is spacious, beautifully decorated and has a lush and private backyard. We highly recommend!
Gary is a wonderful host and the home is beautifully designed. We thoroughly enjoyed our time visiting great nearby restaurants and taking spectacular drives in the mountains on routes Gary was able to recommend. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!
This place was quite an eyeful. We kept changing our seats to make sure we took in all the wonderful art. Sleeping in the hidden library was incredible and very calming. The house temperature was perfect even though we thought it would be on the cold side. Gary was a very attentive host and provided wonderful suggests for where to eat and what not to miss. The neighborhood was quiet and centrally located.